The Faith of Graffiti
The Faith of Graffiti

MAILER, Norman; Mervyn KURLANSKY, Jon NARR. The Faith of Graffiti.

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MAILER, Norman; Mervyn KURLANSKY, Jon NARR The Faith of Graffiti New York: Praeger Publishers, Inc., 1974.

Folio, brown leather boards embossed with title to lower right hand corner; matching slipcase lettered in gilt; unpaginated; full colour glossy photographs throughout; two small ink markings to ffep; else fine; slipcase only marginally rubbed to corners.
First edition, first printing, limited to 350 copies, this no. 227 signed by Norman Mailer, Mervyn Kurlansky and Jon Narr, the latter two documenting, with Mailer providing the supporting text. The hundreds of featured graffiti artists featured are listed on the endpapers.
A classic, definitive look at the birth of graffiti as an art form, with photographs by internationally acclaimed photographers Kurlansky and Narr, and an accompanying essay from the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Naked and the Dead and The Executioner’s Song.
“Do we learn then whether we are angels seeking to articulate the aesthetic of a great god, or demonic cave-painters looking to kill the abominable snowman of our dread night? In any event, wherever, whatever, art is not peace but war, and firm is the record of that war.” —Norman Mailer